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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Penguin India
The Mahabharata, India's greatest epic, is a huge, sweeping work and is the longest Sanskrit epic. It tells the story of the Kuru family, and the events that lead to the fratricidal Mahabharata War. It describes the events during the 18-day war and its aftermath.In the Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Devdutt Pattanaik has condensed the epic into a small capsule. For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata. What makes this book special is that it collects tales from various regional and folk versions in addition to the original Sanskrit composition. This book is divided into 108 chapters and is illustrated with around 250 simple line drawings done by the author himself.The author draws the reader into an interesting retelling of the Mahabharata. The book contains many intriguing tales from other versions of the epic, not just the major regional versions, but also those used in enacting the epi ... See more
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     A refreshing read 26 September, 2013 On
    Patnaik does something that not many have done before - present the most read Indian story in a refreshing new format! Simple to understand, unbiased, thought provoking, engrossing are some of the adjectives that come to mind while describing this book. I particularly liked the illustrations, which add a fascinating flavour to the book.

    Don't miss it!!
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  2.  Resourceful ! 28 February, 2014 On
    Devdutt Pattanaik the Chief Belief officer of Future takes on a simple, lucid and visula ride of the Mahabharata.
    His imaginative retelling of the great epic with hand made drawings sets a mood for a visual treat.
    It is a best buy for a beginner who has the least idea about the great epic.
    The explanation of every character and event is in the simplest form
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  3.  Good Book 23 March, 2014 On
    Please buy this its simple and easy to read
    Good writing and easy to understand language
    Worth the price
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  4. 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
     A Modern Retelling of a Classic 28 June, 2013 On
    I would definitely Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik for those who are familiar to the Mahabharata. This book does not take a moral stand on either of clans – Pandavas or Kauravas and plainly stated the events that led up to the great Kurukshetra war. It was hence refreshing to read. The book is also interspersed with the author’s wonderful drawings. At the end of each chapter there are also few facts and comments by the author that are thought-provoking.
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